Is this a new block?

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Believe it or not I had my test block from yesterday out and very carefully (as I thought) followed it.  But something got lost in translation.  Can you spot the non deliberate error?

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Yep, I had the red triangle and square sewn together wrong.

There might be all kinds of secondary patterns with these blocks, although not something I’m about to start exploring at this juncture.  However knowing me I can bet even if I set out to make a gazillion of either block it would probably spawn a number of deviant blocks despite my best efforts.  Could be interesting though if done in three fabrics consistently.  You would end up with a scrap effect without actually using scraps (which is usually what I’m doing!)

anyway this block needs to be above all DONE because tonight’s Modern Quilt Guild Victoria meeting at Satin Moon is the deadline.

If the top block doesn’t already have a name I’m thinking Perverted Pinwheel.  But maybe it already has a name, does anyone know?

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Modern Quilt Challenge turned in!

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For once I finished making blocks, piecing, quilting and labeling over an evening and early afternoon so I could drop off my entry at Satin Moon Quilted Garden — and the deadline isn’t till 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.  Wow, three whole days early!

They do say that one sign of middle age is when you keep meaning to procrastinate but never get around to it.  I thought of work I  need to do by the end of the weekend and on Monday, that travel will be challenging tomorrow because of the marathon, and that the Eid starts on Tuesday, and decided I needed to get this completed and delivered before other things took over.

OnThursday we’ll get to see what everyone else did.  Voting is by viewers’ choice which is why this has to remain anonymous until the middle of November.  Process posts will appear then followed by the small reveal (maximum size is 20 by 20 so it will fit on the store walls).

Modern Challenge, hmmm!

I picked up the challenge package in its plain brown wrapper from Satin Moon.

Everyone gets a fat quarter of a different solid fabric.

Mine is the top custardy yellow here:

photo(78)How frustrating that this does not at all do justice to the colour.

The rules are simple but a bit fiendish in that we are only allowed to use solid colour fabrics on the top of the quilt, no tone on tone, no batik, no prints.

I have an idea of what I’m going to do and in fact was back at the store a couple of hours later because although I believe in busting stash and using what I have, I’m not going to sacrifice my art because I refuse to go shopping.

photo(79)In this photo the yellow challenge fabric is on the lower right with the fat quarter I bought this afternoon folded up on top of it.  The yellow is closer to real life and the neutral fabric has somehow picked up a blue gray slate tinge (perhaps from the iPhone flash?)  that doesn’t do it justice.  Really it’s a deep beige.  I had quickly auditioned promising solids by bringing them to the store and trying several neutrals that I thought might do.

Now, I have no clue whether this will work or not, but click here to see these colours thanks to the wonders of Kuler.  

The yellow and light brown on the left of this colour scheme look close to these two solid fabrics.

Now, off you go to play on Kuler!  You know you want to ….

I love that staff at Satin Moon are so caring and supportive and will cut fat quarters of fabric upon request!  This is only the first or second time I’ve ever requested them to do this for me.

The quilt has to be ready by mid-October and the winner will be by viewers’ choice, awarded in mid-November.  After which I will reveal my process posts, which will stay as drafts until that time.

Pink Butterfly layout

Up on the design wall, here’s a photo from my iPhone

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Same layout, photo from my iPad (which doesn’t have a flash)

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The baby for whom this is intended has arrived and is a girl!  Not knowing the gender ahead of time, I had hoped to have 12 pink slabs and 12 blue slabs completed.  I debated mixing pink and blue but then thought that more negative space might be a good thing.

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OVER TO YOU NOW, DEAR READER:

  • What’s your opinion?
  • What’s weird with this layout?
  • Which photo is better of the two pink layouts, iPhone or iPad?

There are no right or wrong answers, just your own thoughts, please!

Interested in exploring the modern quilt esthetic.  Satin Moon has a modern mini-quilt challenge and I plan to pick up my kit today.  It was ALMOST ready to roll on Wednesday but they insisted on keeping it a surprise until the kits were prepared.  And the first meeting of the Victoria branch of the Modern Quilt Guild is meeting at Satin Moon next Thursday, so It’ll be interesting to see everyone’s show and share.  I may have to organize my slab quilt pix into an album on my iPad since the baby is waiting for her gift!

Local Quilt Store comes through where it matters

pear batik005Of course there’s never a good time for a sewing machine to be temperamental, but in the middle of sewing the binding onto a quilt that has to be delivered this weekend because the recipient is about to move overseas is one of the worst times.  What a blessing that the awesome ladies at  Satin Moon Quilted Garden agreed to clear off a table so I could use one of their machines.  This despite having the store full of the Christmas Bazaar handcrafts at the front, and the classroom/sewing area temporarily well filled with notions.  They even spoiled me with fresh coffee, which really hit the spot!  Thank you Linda, Susan, and Maureen!

So:  Mission accomplished, now I just have to sew the back down and do the label.

This is something no one can compete with online.  Local independent retailers bring so much to our communities in service, support and character.  Mindful of the need to show support, and aware of the excellent specials that were on, I indulged did my bit for the local economy:  isn’t this pear batik drool-worthy?

Political Installation ~ Better shot

Here is a better photo of Throne for a Loop, complete with (empty and well washed) Coke can.  Until you try, you have no idea how hard it is to handle an empty soda can without it buckling.  The days when strong men amused their fellow office inmates workers by crunching cans in one brawny fist are gone forever.

Happily when I dropped my pieces off at Tulista Park quilters from our guild were there setting up, and two of them spontaneously exclaimed that they love this one!  I was so relieved I had to hug them1  Whenever I am planning to show anything controversial I always have a speech in my head about “You don’t have to show this, no problems, I can take it away,” but so far I’ve never had to actually give that speech.

Just Magic Challenge

The local fibre arts group I belong to that meets at Satin Moon decided to set ourselves monthly challenges this year to keep things interesting.

The challenge for January was anything starting with J, which one member dubbed the J-Cloth Challenge.  Here’s my finished piece, well finished except for the hanging sleeve.  The centre medallion is a sketch I made in the fall in Melanie Testa’s drawing challenge.  Thanks to Spoonflower it’s now on fabric and you can even buy it!

I considered beading this, but Young Sprout greatly admires it so I think I’ll leave it child proof at least for a couple of years.  Plus, his last name is different than mine and it’ll be cool to be able to say “Just Magic, in the collection of Mr. Young Sprout.”

This detail shows Dale MacEwan’s sunpainted fabric. It’s the pale pink and green in the middle between the green batik and my red and green shibori made in Susan Purney Mark’s class.

Combinations of red and green fascinate me.  It’s often found in nature from rhubarb and red leaf lettuce to geraniums, yet not exploited that much by artists for some reason, nor in decoration.  Maybe people think it’s too Christmassy?  What do you think?  Can those apparently overdone combos like orange and black or pink, red, and purple be revamped into something that doesn’t scream “Boo” or “Goo”?